The trade deadline has come and gone and some blockbusters were made.
As far as the Yanks are concerned, I am underwhelmed.
Let’s go one step at a time.
The Yanks DFA’d Brian Roberts. They traded Kelly Johnson to Boston for Stephen Drew. While I advocated dumping Roberts and Johnson, I wanted to stay in house and promote youngsters Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder from AAA.
Refsnyder will stay at AAA, to work solely at second base. It appears that the Yanks won’t bring him up this year but are grooming him to be the 2B in 2015. Ok. I’ll accept that, but I wish he would get his feet wet in the majors NOW.
As for Drew. Sigh. He is 31 and a lefty hitter. That is good. He has played nothing but SS his whole career. He is a free agent after the season so this may be an “audition” for the SS job next year once Jeter retires. BUT… the Yanks got Drew to play 2B. Hmmmmmmmmmmm….. he has NEVER played 2B EVER. After NOT accepting a qualifying offer from Boston, he wasn’t signed in the free agent market and missed half of the season. When he came back, he came back rusty. What is he doing this year? Try .176-4-11 in 39 games. OPS+ 63. That is awful. Maybe the Yanks feel he will heat up now that the rust is supposedly off. But I’m shaking my head. His stats this year are WORSE than Roberts. Refsnyder, or Pirela for that matter, should they bring either one up, should be able to post better stats than that. Refsnyder & Pirela have 2B experience. Drew has NONE. This baffles me.
Drew has a 162 g. average of .261-16-71, OPS+ 97. Average. A tick below. With the time off, he has been awful this season. In the last 163 games he has played (2013 Boston and so far this year Boston), he has hit .236-17-78. Nice pop, bad batting average. OPS+ average (101) but 163 strikeouts. I don’t get it. I’d rather give Pirela & Refsnyder the playing time.
The next move? Trading AA power hitter Pete O’Brien to AZ for Martin Prado. O’Brien has great power, low-average hitter who has many holes in his swing and no position. C? 1B? OF? Prado is a nice player, but the Yanks plan to play him in RF. An All-Star in 2010 for the Braves (.307-15-66) when he finished in the top 10 for MVP voting, Prado is versatile, but has played at mostly 3B/LF/2B in his career. He has even played 56 games at 1B and 16 at SS. But the Yanks are planning to play him in RF, where he has played just two innings in his entire career. I just don’t get it.
Prado, unlike Drew, does NOT become a free agent after the season, so depending on what holes the Yanks fill in the offseason, could play at various positions in 2015 for the Yankees. 2B if Refsnyder isn’t ready. 3B if Headley (another free agent) bolts after 2015 and A-Rod proves in 2015 he can’t play 3B but must DH only.
Prado, 30, did finish 20th in MVP voting in 2012 and his 162 g. average is .290-12-70. I wanted the Yanks to get a righty hitting OF with pop. Instead they got someone who mostly is a 2B/3B who has played a little OF who doesn’t have that much pop. OPS+ 107 for his career isn’t bad, but ….
This year Prado was at .270-5-42. OPS+ 91. A tick below average.
But where is the power to come from? I am surprised that the Phils got rid of NO ONE at the trade deadline. NOBODY. 14 below .500, and some high-name (but pricy) players. But they couldn’t dump Howard, Utley, Rollins, Ruiz, Burnett, Lee (more on that in a bit), Hamels, Byrd, Papelbon… NONE on anyone? Really?
Lee left the game tonight in the third inning, complaining about his elbow. It may be a good thing no one went for him. A great thing, actually. He may be done for the year.
But no one else goes? Really? Amaro is proving to me that Gillick was the real power when the Phils had a nice run there. Last place, 14 below, and you couldn’t get one contender to take ANY of those players?
The Yanks released Scott Sizemore from AAA.
In another move, the Yanks picked up a pitcher, Esmil Rogers, off waivers from the Blue Jays. He’ll be 29 soon and is 16-21, 5.59 in his MLB career. ERA+ 78. Underwhelming. 0-0, 6.97 in 16 games of relief for Toronto this year.
I hate to be a downer. But these moves underwhelm me. I was hoping for an impact bat. Willingham. Byrd maybe.
I don’t see it. I don’t get it.
What may the Yanks lineup be now?
Ellsbury CF (and I still don’t regard him as a #3 hitter)
McCann C (and 4-5-6 here are still all below .240; they NEED to pick it up)
Prado RF (where he has played two innings his whole MLB career)
Drew 2B (where he has NEVER played)
I hope I am wrong but I have GREAT reservations about this.
In other big deals, the Red Sox sent Lester and Gomes to the A’s for Cespedes. The A’s sent Millone to the Twins.
The Cards, a day after getting Masterson from Cleveland, got Lackey from Boston for Kelly and Craig. Boston sent Andrew Miller to Baltimore.
In a 3-way deal, the Rays sent Price to Detroit, Detroit sent Austin Jackson to Seattle, and the Rays wound up with Nick Franklin and Drew Smyly.
Hmmm…. playoff series vs. Detroit and you face Verlander, Price and Scherzer….
I hope I am wrong about today for the Yanks. But I am very underwhelmed.